Mubarak to remain in custody on corruption charges

Egyptian television announced that the South Cairo Criminal Court has released former president Hosni Mubarak pending retrial over charges of complicity in murdering protesters during the January 2011 uprising Monday.

Mubarak will however remain in custody pending investigations over other corruption charges related to the misuse of funds allocated for the renovation of presidential palaces.

The trial of Alaa and Gamal Mubarak will now be heard on 11 May.

The Appeals Court on Monday examined a request submitted by Mubarak's lawyer Farid al-Deeb for the release of Mubarak on the grounds that the period of provisional detention has expired.

The memorandum submitted by Deeb argues that Mubarak’s provisional detention, which started in April 2011, has ended because two years have elapsed since the start of his trial.

Judge Mostafa Hassan on Saturday declined to review the case related to the involvement in the killing of protesters, recusing himself and referring the case to the Appeals Court, which should determine another court circuit to examine the case.

Prosecutors told the Cairo Criminal Court that the time the former president has already spent in detention exceeded the legal limit for custody detention and there would be no legal reason for him to detained.

Alaa and Gamal Mubarak also arrived at the Police Academy on Monday to attend a court session that will rule on their release pending review of a case in which they are charged with financial corruption.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm

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